Memorial service will be Saturday, March 26, 2011 at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church in Fonda. Visitation will take place one hour prior to the service at the church. The Mahaney Funeral Home in Fonda is in charge of the arrangements.
Richard John Tolan was born March 20, 1948 in Fonda, the son of Thomas C. and Eva Mary (King) Tolan. Growing up, Sleepy was baptized and confirmed at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church in Fonda, where he also attended school and graduated in 1967.
Sleepy helped area farmers as a farmhand and then worked at the Fonda Golf Course for 33 years until he retired due to a medical condition. Sleepy was a member of the Fonda Knights of Columbus where he earned the degree of a 3rd Degree Knight. He was a volunteer fire fighter for the Fonda Fire Department for many years.
Sleepy enjoyed the outdoors, especially gardening, fishing and pheasant and deer hunting. He loved golfing when he had time. Sleepy treasured his nieces and nephews and will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.
Those left to cherish his memory include his siblings: Grace Engelhart of Sioux City; Larry Tolan of Fonda; David (Susan) Tolan of Boone; Gregory (Connie) Tolan of Spirit Lake; Sylvia (Mark) Reed of Storm Lake; Theressa (Don) Cersovski of Harrisburg, Ore.; Martha (Robert) Skog of Albert City; Alice (Robert) Barngrover of Sioux Falls, S.D.; James (Julie) Tolan of Fonda; Beatrice Tolan of Atlantic; Rita Krowiorz of Vail; Claude (Susan) Tolan of Fonda; aunts, Myrna (John) Peterson of Pocahontas; Ruth Kroska of Pomeroy; uncle, Dale Johnston of Pocahontas; numerous nieces and nephews; extended family and several friends.
Sleepy was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Eva Tolan; brothers, Duane, Theodore, and Jacob Tolan; brother-in-law, Howard Engelhart; aunts and uncles.